Judge rules on smoking ban
Yesterday, District Judge Douglas Herndon laid down the smoking law in Nevada.
In November, voters passed the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, and just as it was being enacted, businesses complained that it was unconstitutional, not to mention hurt their bottom line.
The Act states there can be no smoking in places that serve food, including restaurants and bars. With video poker a main staple of bars, many taverns elected to simply get rid of the food rather than get rid of smoking.
Establishments complained that the Act was biased toward casinos and vague about what makes it criminal.
Judge Herndon looked at both sides of the debate and came out with the ruling that yes, smoking is banned in places that serve food, and violators can receive a $100 civil fine.